Skid Row may be getting in on the latest reunion fad circulating among some of the biggest bands of the ’80s, if the latest rumors are to be believed. Sebastian Bach, who served as Skid Row’s frontman, has given fans reason to hope in revealing that the band has been in talks of reuniting, adding that discussions for a reunion have also included Skid Row managers. While there had been a falling out between individual band members, it seems tempers have thawed enough for everyone to come back together. Or is the draw of a big payday too alluring not to put differences aside for a Skid Row farewell tour?
Sebastian Bach Addresses Those Skid Row Reunion Rumors
As Loudwire shares and as devoted fans of Skid Row already know, the band has had a run of bad luck, when it comes to keeping lead singers, since the departure of Sebastian Bach in 1996. Most recently, Skid Row lost their singer when Tony Harnell suddenly quit the band last year. At the time, fans had hoped Bach would return as the singer, bringing Skid Row closer to its original line-up, but news that DragonForce and current Tank singer ZP Theart would take up the band’s lead vocals quelled any dreams of a reunion.
Sebastian now reveals that the hoped for reunion of the band may happen after all.
“All I can say is that [my manager] Rick [Sales] is talking to [Skid Row’s early manager] Doc [McGhee],” Bach said in a recent statement. “That’s all I can say. That is what is happening and I don’t have anything else to tell you.”
Sebastian seemed to feel positive about the possible Skid Row reunion, adding a measure of levity and hinting to fans that their dreams of making the reunion happen may not be as impossible as they had once seemed.
“All I can tell you is we’re not getting any younger, folks,” Bach said, laughing. “Let’s put the hair band back together while we’ve got hair.”
Sebastian Bach Proves He’s No Poser With New Memoir, 18 And Life On Skid Row
As NPR reports, Sebastian Bach opens up about his life from his earliest singing ambitions, to his career with Skid Row and beyond in the new memoir, and Bach gives fans a glimpse of what they might come to expect as they read 18 and Life on Skid Row. In the interview, the one-time Skid Row frontman recalls being very young and listening to his mother and aunt singing along with the radio, belting out classic rock songs like Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire.” He says their joy and excitement was so infectious that he joined the local church choir as soon as he was able.
Sebastian adds that, outside of his singing efforts, he was mostly known as the class clown, but that reputation began to change when his classmates started to learn of his vocal talents.
Skipping ahead to his years with Skid Row, Bach dispels some of the rumors that may have lent themselves to a bad boy reputation. The Skid Row singer now shares that he never mixed business with pleasure, and while gossip may have suggested otherwise, Sebastian never stepped out on stage while under the influence.
“Well, just to be clear, never drunk on stage. I save all that kind of activity for after the show. I don’t charge money for a ticket to someone and then show up drunk,” says Mr. Bach. “I don’t do that. But after the show, on the tour bus, on the way to the next town, that’s my time!”
The book 18 and Life on Skid Row tells Sebastain Bach’s life of a bygone era, focusing on his childhood and his years with Skid Row, but the singer does open up about what his life is like in the present, both at the end of his memoir and in this interview. What is foremost on his mind is a recent doctor’s visit in which he was told to turn the music down. Bach says he has religiously gone in for hearing exams and that the recent exam revealed some startling findings. While Sebastian hasn’t yet experienced any hearing loss, his doctor advised him it was time to tone it down.
“And my doctor did a hearing test on me like two years ago and he said, ‘Sebastian, I can tell that you’ve played rock ‘n’ roll your whole life. Your hearing is fine — but if you don’t start turning it down, 10 years from now you will wish that you did.’ And I broke down and cried in the doctor’s office, because I, for a second, tried to imagine a life without music.”
Bach says he has taken his doctor’s advice and turned the sound down. Since doing that, Mr. Bach reveals a newfound love for music, finding previously unrevealed nuances in the rhythm and beats of his favorite songs. He adds that everything is so much better from the harmony to guitar solos, when the music is played at a lower volume.
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